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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2000 (January-June) » pronoun "tu"- what's the rule on aspiration of this? « Previous Next »

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wm. fuller (1cust17.tnt1.ruston.la.da.uu.net - 63.11.21.17)
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2000 - 05:08 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

asking the rule on when the pronoun "tu" is aspirated

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Dennis King (donncha.ndip.eskimo.net - 207.54.13.247)
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2000 - 06:41 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

With some dialects and speakers, it never is. With others, "tú" becomes "thú" in exactly the same environments that "sé" becomes "é", "sí" becomes "í" and "siad" becomes "iad". In other words, no one would ever say "tá é" or "tá thú", but they do say "feicim é" and "feicim thú" (althogh "feicim tú" is also correct). Finally, in some Texts (and for some modern speakers, esp. in Munster??) the choice between "tú" and "thú" is governed also by the last sound (vowel or consonant) of the word before, such as in these two variants from "Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire":

"Mo ghrá thu go daingean!"

"Mo ghrá go daingean tu!"

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wm.fuller (1cust131.tnt1.ruston.la.da.uu.net - 63.11.21.131)
Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2000 - 09:01 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Go raibh maith agat.

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